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US, Russia clash at UN over Syria chlorine attacks

INA – Sources

The United States expressed its deep concerns toward the reports that approved of finding chemical weapons used by Syrian regime.

US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley said the Assad regime must immediately stop using chemical weapons

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that the use of chemical weapons, including a reported chlorine gas attack Thursday in the opposition-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that injured over 20 civilians including children.

She accused Syrian President Bashar Assad from responsibility for what she said were multiple chlorine gas attacks on civilians in recent weeks.

“Our goal must be to end the use of these evil, unjustifiable weapons,” she said. “We cannot hope to end the use of chemical weapons if those who use them escape the consequences of their action.”

The U.S. and about 10 other council members insisted that the JIM must remain independent, but Russia used its veto to prevent its mandate from being renewed.

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Russia has delayed adoption of a council statement condemning the use of chemical weapons

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia retorted, “It’s completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified.”

Russia proposed a rival press statement eliminating references to Thursday’s attack and to “the unacceptable level of violence in Syria, particularly in eastern Ghouta.”

The result is that there is currently no way to determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria.